Senate opens probe on Malampaya project funds


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MANILA, Philippines – Exactly two years  after Palawan broadcaster and environment activist Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega was murdered on Jan. 24, 2011, the Senate opened its investigation  into the alleged irregularities in the use of Malampaya gas project funds, which has been linked to Ortega’s death.

The investigation by the committee on accountability of public officers and investigations or Senate blue ribbon committee was prompted by a letter from concerned citizens last  Oct. 23, 2012, asking the committee to investigate the  alleged massive irregularities in projects funded by the Malampaya project near Palawan.

“Allegations of corruption are widespread, continuing, and serious. In fact, some believe that Doc Gerry Ortega, a broadcaster, was murdered for talking about the ills of Malampaya-funded projects in Palawan. He was shot to death on January 24, 2011,” Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the committee, said in his opening statement on Thursday.

“Today, we observe the second anniversary of the slain broadcaster’s death,” he  said.

He noted that until now, there has been no answer as to how  the funds from the project were  spent.

“Malaki ang kita sa Malampaya project. Sa batas, dapat sana naghahatian ang National Government at ang Palawan sa kita nito: 60% para sa National Government, 40% para sa Palawan,”  Guingona said.

“Unfortunately, Palawan’s claim to its 40% share was disputed and a case was filed in court,” he said.

While the case was pending, Guingoa said an interim agreement was signed on Feb. 9, 2005 and later an Executive Order 683 was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which gave way to a temporary solution of sharing of incomes.

Under the Interim agreement and Executive Order, the sharing scheme was 50 percent for the National Government and 50 percent for Palawan.

Citing a report of the Commission on Audit, Guingona said the Palawan  share  went to the following:

1.     P966,000,000 for the provincial government of Palawan
2.     P 816,000,000  for the first congressional district of the province
3.      270,000,000 for Puerto Princesa
4.     P 520,000,000 for the second district of Palawan.

“Were these funds used for the benefit of the people? Maayos na ba ang lahat ng mga daan sa Palawan dahil sa mga proyekto na ito? Nakatulong ba ito sa buhay ng mga taga-Palawan,” asked the senator.

“We are here today to uncover the truth behind this issue, to find out if irregularities have indeed been committed, to list down the names of those responsible, and to ensure that they are made liable for acts or omissions that violate the law,” Guingona added.

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  • mabyrik

    Stop this investigation. Tama na ang drama at palabas. You senators have LOST the MORAL authority to investigate any form of corruption for the senate is the the HOTBED of corruption in the government.

    You senators must clean up your institution first before you clean the backyards of your neighbors. Tama na, sobra na kayo!!! 

    • Felix

      hindi nila makita ang dumi sa sarili nilang mata kaya kailangan na iba ang pumuna. pareho din na ang dumi sa mata ng iba ay kailangan din punain ng iba. gustong punain ng senado ang malampaya…ikaw naman punain mo ang senado…

      • mabyrik

        Bro, Ang Tawag diyan-KAPALMUKS!!!

  • Irin Tuon

    Do your in-house investigation first!
    We need the truth to come out of your closet.
    We don’t need corrupt senate to do the cleaning of other offices.

    • Felix

      hindi nila makita ang dumi sa sarili nilang mata kaya kailangan na iba ang pumuna. pareho din na ang dumi sa mata ng iba ay kailangan din punain ng iba. gustong punain ng senado ang malampaya…ikaw naman punain mo ang senado…

      • Katokon Timu

        May sore eyes na nga ang senado at alam nla na malaki ang kanilang muta….
        O baka, kahit madumi , ok lang sa kanila….
        Ganyan mga BABOY…. di ba?

  • boypalaban

    ganyan din gagawin ng mga walanghiyang magnanakaw sa spratlys at sa iba pang isla…kunwari malaking pakinabang ng bansa…sa kanila lang pala at sa mga walanghiya nilang pamilya….

  • Pers

    maglinis muna kayo sa sariling bakuran bago lumingon sa iba.nakasusuka kayo.

  • Rovingmoron

    Madali lang yan. Ask a list of projects that were funded by the Malampaya fund allocations from the COA Palawan and Central Office. Then, retrace these projects if they were indeed completed. If not, then some COA auditors must have been involved in the hanky-panky.

  • Apolinario

    Ayan mabubulgar na ang mga katiwalian ng mga namumuno at nakikinabang ng di dapat sa palawan. Sa mga kumokontra sa magiging investigasyon ng senado tungkol sa mga kwartang di napapakinabangan ng mga taga palawan,, pls shut-up, o bka nakikinabang kayo kaya puro mga negatibo ang tugon nyo. Sa dami ng perang nabanggit aba dapat maunlad na at dinarayo na ang palawan di lang ng mga turista pati na ang mga taga ibang lugar ng pilipinas. 

    • Pers

      hindi ka ba nag sasawa sa imbistigasyon ng senado at kongreso?para silang payaso.marami pa silang linisin sa kanilang bakuran.LET THE OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATE NOT IN THE SENATE.PURO PAMULITIKA YANG SENADOR

  • Cynthia

    The entire Palawan still grieve the killing of Doc Gerry Ortega last Jan. 24, 2011. We owe all this from Doc Gerry, he risked his life just to uncover the corrupt officials of Palawan such as fugitive Ex-Gov. Joel Reyes, the present Gov. Baham “Bading” Mitra, Congressman Alvarez and Mayor Edward Hagedorn. JAIL THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS OF PALAWAN !!!  

  • Smokey

     Okay good yan basta wag niyo lang pakilaman yun allocation part para sa modernization ng AFP. Silipin kung totoong nabili ang pera para gamit ng mga kasundaluhan wag lang tapyasan dagdag sa pork barrel ng mga senador.

  • Tiboy

    more money in the philippines!

  • JK1000

    Nakakahiya talaga ang mga politicians natin,puro mga magnanakaw imbes na gamitin ang pera para sa pag-unlad ng  bayan mismong sila ay binubulsa. Totoo nga na marami sa atin ay mga magnanakaw kaya di tayo umuunlad sa buhay. Lagi gustong mang lamang sa kapwa tao.

  • Apolinario

    Obviously the government officials of palawan stinks. See the new INQ news “Palawan roads most expensive”.

  • adamson11

    This is better than squabbling about their gifts!!! I don’t
    like them doing police/investigator work but if they’ll just bad mouthing each
    other on a national tv then I rather have them do this!!! Waste of my taxes
    money, really…


    only in the philippines 

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